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How can I programmatically open/close notifications in Android? (4)

I've searched everywhere, but can't find anything in the SDK or on Google on how to do this. I know it's possible because all the custom launchers are able to do it via a button press (LauncherPro, ADW, etc).

Thanks.


How can I programmatically open/close notifications in Android?

What you want cannot be done using the Android SDK.

I know it's possible because all the cuustome launchers are able to do it via a button press (LauncherPro, ADW, etc).

All of the "custom launchers" are bypassing the SDK, using a variation on the technique that @Yoni Samlan proposed in another answer to your question. Things that are not part of the SDK can be removed by device manufacturers, replaced by the core Android team in future releases, etc.

I would argue that what you want should be possible via the SDK; otherwise, it really limits alternative home screen implementations. However, what you and I want does not count for all that much.


Here's the showNotifications method from Android's Launcher:

private void showNotifications() {
    final StatusBarManager statusBar = (StatusBarManager) getSystemService(STATUS_BAR_SERVICE);
    if (statusBar != null) {
        statusBar.expand();
    }
}

(which, as Robby indicated, is the "statusbar" system service).


The answer from Ashwin works for Android versions below 4.2.2 (i.e. below version 17). In 4.2.2, the "expand" method was changed to "expandNotificationsPanel". If you don't use that method name for 4.2.2 and above, you will get a Null Pointer Exception. So the code should be:

Object sbservice = getSystemService( "statusbar" );
Class<?> statusbarManager = Class.forName( "android.app.StatusBarManager" );
Method showsb;
if (Build.VERSION.SDK_INT >= 17) {
    showsb = statusbarManager.getMethod("expandNotificationsPanel");
}
else {
    showsb = statusbarManager.getMethod("expand");
}
showsb.invoke( sbservice );

And appropriate permission should be added to AndroidManifest.

<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.EXPAND_STATUS_BAR" />

Obviously, this is not part of the published API, so this is not guaranteed to work in the future and many people would advise against doing this.


Yes you can add this code to wherever you want it to execute

Object sbservice = getSystemService( "statusbar" );
Class<?> statusbarManager = Class.forName( "android.app.StatusBarManager" );
Method showsb = statusbarManager.getMethod( "expand" );
showsb.invoke( sbservice );

And add this permission

<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.EXPAND_STATUS_BAR" />




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